Bette Lucas Baker Found Guilty of Bludgeoning Her to Death
Baker Steven Lucas was found guilty Tuesday of killing his millionaire mother Bette Calvert Lucas after they engaged in an argument over a VCR and she fell over their Tyler home bannister. Lucas claimed they were wrestling over it at the time.
Court reporter notes from the 1994 murder trial of Tyler socialite Dara Williams are missing, which could pose problems during any potential retrials in this case.
Early Life and Education
Although she initially aspired to join a convent, she found her true calling in acting and made her first stage appearance in the early 1950s. Soon thereafter, her talent was recognized and she moved onto Sydney’s Metropolitan Theatre under May Hollinworth’s guidance.
Lucas became a mother, earning herself an outstanding reputation for her commitment to family. She inspired in her children a sense of honesty, justice and unfaltering integrity which will continue her legacy long into the future.
On June 5, 1988, Bette Lucas died at her Tyler Texas home after being assaulted with a candlestick and Steven Baker Lucas was charged with her death.
Lucas started his coaching career with his alma mater, starting as a special assistant and later director of basketball operations in 2013-14 and 2015-16 respectively. Under Lucas’ guidance, his former team won a Big 12 Tournament championship as well as signing two top-10 recruiting classes – 2020 and 2021 respectively.
Lucas played professional basketball for two seasons in the NBA Development League with Idaho Stampede and Canton Charge before spending one year with Latvia’s BV Vrva Latgale. A graduate of Houston-area Bellaire High School where he received both McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand All-American honors, Lucas currently works in marketing at Pro-Sport.
She brings “a strong sense of community and drive to help others,” according to ASP’s news release. She succeeds Julie Olson who will continue working for ASP as grant manager.
Achievement and Honors
In the 1960s, Lucas co-founded American Zoetrope with Francis Ford Coppola to escape what he perceived to be Hollywood’s control. His debut film THX 1138 became an influential critique on consumerist dehumanization; later on he directed American Graffiti and Indiana Jones films as well as working closely with composer John Williams on all three.
He received several honors, such as the AFI’s Irving G. Thalberg Award – previously presented to Alfred Hitchcock, Bette Davis and Meryl Streep. Additionally, Spielberg appeared with Coppola to present Martin Scorsese with an award for Best Director at the 79th Academy Awards ceremony in 2007.
Lucas has found great fulfillment through her work in human services, serving on boards for Focused Kids and Mountain Family Health Centers as well as advocating for various Colorado families. Her collaborative nature has allowed her to forge relationships that provide families with access to resources more easily.
Baker Lucas is a homemaker and member of St. Mary of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church in New Kensington, Pennsylvania. In her spare time she enjoys traveling to Florida in winter months for vacation with family.
She is also actively engaged in charity work and collaborates closely with organizations like Advocated Safehouse. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Services as well as certifications in Family Development, Nurturing Parent Facilitating, Mandated Reporting.
In 1988, Steven was charged with murdering his mother over a second-story banister at their Tyler home. Prosecutors suggested he did it because she was running out of money and wanted her estate for himself; she was 66 at the time of her death and an initial trial ended in mistrial.
George Lucas has made a fortune through two beloved box-office franchises he helped to create: Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Lucasfilm produced movies which grossed over $6.3 billion worldwide according to Box Office Mojo.
He has made significant investments in real estate, including an 8,700-square-foot “Imagination Park” at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California and an old Hollywood house that contains multiple secret passageways.
Julianna Farrait was arrested several times for drug trafficking after her late husband Frank Lucas also dabbled in this illegal business. They shared seven children together – three biological and four step. These included Francine Lucas-Sinclair, Frank Lucas Jr, Ray Lucas, Candace Lucas Ruby Lucas and Tony Walters.